Posting on social media is a great way to stay connected with friends and family. However, it can also put your personal injury claim in jeopardy. If you have been injured, the best thing to do is stay off of social media entirely until your case has been resolved. Why is this?
Social Media Posts Can Be Used Against You
Social media posts are considered public record. This means any message, picture, or video you post can be used against you in court. Once you file a claim, the insurance company will conduct a thorough investigation to detect signs of fraud. They will comb through your social media accounts, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social media platforms.
For example, if you post a message that you feel fine after an accident, the insurance company may use this statement to say that your injuries are not as bad as you say they are. Some injuries do not exhibit symptoms until hours, days, or even weeks after the initial trauma. It is important to avoid posting anything on social media until your claim is settled.
Furthermore, posts made by others about you can be used to undermine your personal injury claim. For example, if a friend posts a picture of you dancing at a party when you are seeking compensation for a serious back injury, the insurance company may use this to dispute your claim, even if the picture was taken before the accident.
How to Protect Your Claim
The most important thing to do is to stay off of social media completely. However, if you do post on social media, you need to put your privacy settings to the highest level. This will help prevent insurance adjusters from accessing your social media accounts. It is also important to avoid posting anything about your injuries, the case, or other people involved in the case.
If you have been injured by someone else’s negligence, Politis & Matovina, P.A. is here to help. Our Daytona Beach personal injury lawyers have extensive experience, and will guide you through the legal process as you pursue justice.